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Published on March 25th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe

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Crafty Reuse: Ten Projects for Old Bottle Caps


[Creative Commons photo by dyanna]

As I’ve confessed before, I’m a hoarder. Right next to that bowl full of used corks is another bowl full of bottle caps. I just can’t bear to pitch them! Also like with the corks, a certain husband has been wondering what in the world I plan to do with all these bottle caps.

Luckily, there are a ton fun projects that I can choose from!

  1. Check out this awesome bottle cap folk art mirror from the ’60s! Gorgeous.
  2. There’s an awesome thread on Craftster on making a bottle cap-covered tabletop.
  3. You can use the same idea as the tabletop and make bottle cap mosaic tiles or stepping stones.
  4. Turn a bunch of old bottle caps into a belt.
  5. You can turn one into a really cute pin!
  6. My Amphetamines and My Purls shows you how to make a crocheted beer cap trivet.
  7. For a kid-friendly project, try these bottle cap fridge magnets.
  8. I’m totally digging these beautiful bottle cap push pins from Martha Stewart.
  9. What a cool idea! This globe is made from bottle caps and soda can pulltabs!
  10. Craft Bits shows you how to turn a pair of bottle caps into a cute pair of earrings.

Are there any other cool bottle cap projects that I’m missing? I’d love to hear about what you guys are making with your spent caps!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://upxchange.com Autumn

    I have my husband drill little holes in them and use them as buttons :)

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    That’s genius!! Do you do anything to the edges to keep them from snagging your clothes?

  • http://www.infusedgoods.com Sarah

    I made a basket out of plastic bottle caps but I got the idea from metal caps. My husband bought a basket in Africa made from metal coke caps.

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    Oh wow! What a fantastic idea! I bet that used up a ton of caps, too.

  • http://www.righteousrestyle.com Maria Fyodorova

    Check out Ghanian-born El Anatsui Artist – Amazing!

    http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/newsletters/el_anatsui_ny/

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    Wow! That is totally amazing!!

  • http://www.bottlecapartwork.com Alan

    Hi!! I’m a ‘bottle cap artist’ and I wanted to add my two cents to the mix. Please check out my website at http://www.bottlecapartwork.com. I think it speaks for myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Briggs/100001209333999 Jennifer Briggs

    Love the ideas for the little plastic caps, moving on to the detergent caps, downy, furniture polsh, and so on!

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  • http://makingmpls.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    Hi, very nice list! I also have a hoard of bottle caps and corks. Here is a project I made this winter, bottle cap and cork mushrooms! They are adorable, and I made some into ornaments.
    Bottle Cap and Wine Cork Mushrooms

  • Skylar

    I spray paint my bottle caps different colors and put the all around my room!

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